This dynamic duo is a win-win for both parties. When a student feels safe, they are more likely to take steps, and eventually leaps and bounds, with their reading.
Horses also benefit. They love picture books! For instance, Pepper, a retired 29 year old horse, was transfixed with a giraffe in, Giraffes Can't Dance, and Romeo (an orphaned colt), loved looking at a little bunny in, Good Night, Bunny. In fact, when I tried to turn the page, he neighed as if to say "Hey! I like that page." Experiences like these provide not only social and mental stimulation, but also an overall sense of well-being for horses who often languish in their stalls most of the day.